KAMPALA — The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has suspended the importation, sale and distribution of seven peanut butter brands from Kenya after Laboratory tests carried out by the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) confirmed high levels of aflatoxin contamination. Aflatoxin is a poisonous cancer-causing compound.
The seven suspended peanut butter products are True Nuts (Truenutz Kenya), Nutty by nature (Target Distributors), Fressy (Fressy Food Company Limited), Nuteez (Jetlak Foods Limited), Supa Meal (Supacosm Products Limited), Sue’s Naturals (Nature’s Way Health) and Zesta (Trufoods Limited).
“Thus, importers, distributors and retailers are informed to cease the sale and distribution of the aforementioned products and ensure that they are not displayed in retail outlets until further notice,” read a public notice warning from UNBS.
Africa Tembelea has learnt that, all UNBS imports inspectors at border points have been notified to seize consignments of the listed brands.
UNBS will continue carrying out market surveillance inspections to ensure that the products are removed from the market.
“UNBS would like to advise consumers to avoid buying the products,” the statement indicated urging the public to remain vigilant and report the presence of such products on the market.
UNBS says that working with together with manufacturers, traders, consumers, and other government agencies, the Agency will continue to perform its mandate of enforcing standards to protect consumer health and safety and the environment against dangerous and sub-standard products.